About 2 years ago, I wrote my first and only blog post that ever went viral:
It wasn’t anything special, but I suppose the amount of views the post receives each day proves that the 50-shades-of-gray-paint trend is still alive and well. I spoke about trends last week, so I’ll keep my mouth shut today 🙂
In what will most likely be a failed attempt to reproduce virality, we’re jumping off that gray trend train today so I can share the only beautiful, classic white paint you will ever need.
I was convinced that I would never find the perfect white paint color for our dark and dungeon-like northern-facing living room, but I eventually found it after multiple failed efforts, and it’s been painted this *perfect* white for nearly 2 years now (even though I’m planning on painting it again, but that’s another story which I’ll save for another day).
I feel compelled to write about it today is because it truly is the perfect white paint color and works 95% of the time, no matter which direction your room is facing.
White Dove is very soft with a touch of warmth, yet not too cool or too stark and sterile.
It’s rare for a white paint color to look good in a northern facing room because of the dark and cool, gray-ish light. What’s interesting about our living room is that our 24-foot long wall extends to Narnia and our dining room, which is southern facing. And this paint color looks fabulous in there too.
I took these photos so you could see White Dove unedited. Our living room has a large tree in front of the window, so there’s a slightly green-ish tint there.
With an LRV of 85, it’s not superrrr bright either. You may love the super bright, super white look, but if you’re trying to brighten a naturally dark or northern living room with a bright white, it won’t work. White Dove is the best you’re going to get. You can pick and choose your battles, but not with father science. Trust me, I’ve tried. He’s an a-hole.
White Dove walls and ceiling on a sunny day in our northern living room.
For example – in our northern living room, Chantilly lace looked horrible – like a muddy, gray-ish blue, but on the cabinets in our southern kitchen, Chantilly Lace looks amazing.
Some more examples of White Dove:
Personally, I prefer a warmer white, like my favorite CREAMY white paint color – Farrow and Ball White Tie. In doing some research on my favorite paint color resource – Encycolorpedia – Behr Eggshell Cream has an almost identical formula to White Tie, and I can confirm, it’s just as pretty and more than half the price at Home Depot #themoreyouknow. So if you’re looking for a warmer white, I highly recommend White Tie or Eggshell Cream.
Have a fabulous rest of your week!